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Best Budget Travel Websites and Blogs

Budget Travel Websites and Blogs
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As the U.S. dollar has slipped against the world's major currencies in recent years, budget travel information has become vital for a growing number of travelers. It is for a good reason that Arthur Frommer discontinued the "Europe from XX $ a Day" guidebook series a few year's ago, because a book titled "Europe on $200 a Day" does not sound very attractive. With fuel costs and extra fees subject to constant increases, airfare fees are also on the rise. All these factors make budget travel an attractive option.

The following selection of websites and resources is intended to help readers become more budget savvy, and provide vital resources and information for budget-conscious international travelers. Nevertheless, budget travel is a relative term, and depends on your cirumstances, finances, and goals. The websites below suggest practical ways to not only travel cheaper, but also how to have a more authentic experience by traveling the way the locals do in an independent manner or even as members of small group tours in some destinations.

Please explore the many of the left-navigation options on this page for budget travel options in key areas such as accommodations and transportation, etc. —Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl

Affordable Adventures, Off-the-Beaten-Path
Affordable travel without sacrificing comfort. We offer affordable unique ‘tested’ trips with knowledgeable guides who will show you the real local culture.

Hiking, Photography & Painting trips in the Whitewashed Villages & Mountains of Andalucía, Southern Spain. Walk next to Frigate Birds, Red & Blue-Footed Boobies, Owls, 100-year-old Tortoises, Penguins & Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands & sleep on a 1st Class Catamaran Yacht. Wander UNESCO Medieval Towns on a Fjord in Montenegro. Enjoy cooking lessons in Crete. Explore the timeless beauty of Cuba and dance to local music in Old Historic Havana. Hike next to Glaciers in Patagonia. Mingle with Counts & Castles in Transylvania, Romania. Spy on Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hippos and Elephants on Safari in the Spectacular Serengeti. Explore the world with like-minded travelers on our Small Group trips.

Travels Together with Budget Travel Dates: All Year
Cost: Affordable budget prices with superior accommodations. We match single travelers to avoid the cost of the single supplement.
Contact: Travels Together LLC, 505 E. 82nd Street, Suite 4D, New York, NY 10028.

Authentic French Experiences with Aliore Worldwide Workshops
Aliore offers low budget immersion programs in order to experience the French lifestyle and culture in depth: Homestay English teaching programs: Share your language with a French family in exchange for free room and board; Family and individual voluntourism in the South of France: share meaningful holidays participating in a green tourism project; Cooking, art & crafts workshops in the South of France for creative holidays with local teachers or welcome a French tutor into your home in order to practice your French on a daily basis!
Budget Workshops in France Dates: All year round depending on the program chosen.
From 80 € depending on the program – Please visit our website.
Contact: ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops, 23 rue Jean Giono 34080 Montpellier, France
00 33 951 79 79 72.
Website: (Language & Lifestyle programme)

Editor's note: Of course all selections in any list are inherently subjective to some degree, and there are more and more websites and blogs offering much excellent advice. We believe the following to be the best general websites on budget travel abroad, and have specific recommendations for budget transportation, accommodation, etc. in other areas of our site.

BootsnAll Travel features travel stories from regional experts, advice for budget travel bargains, forums, and blogs for independent budget travelers. Around the world travel tips constitute one of their richest sections. The site also sells around-the-world airline tickets with an easy interface to create your own budget itinerary.

Budget Travel Online draws from Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine. The site offers travel guides, travel tips, and advice on trip planning, restaurant recommendations, city guides, and popular destinations

The Cheapest Destinations blog by Tim Leffel consists in an award-winning series of posts which serve as excellent practical articles on budget travel in and of themselves. Few are as connected to practical matters and issues on the subject of budget travel worldwide, and Tim is author of two books on the subject of cheap travel and living abroad.

The Frugal Traveler, a blog hosted by New York Times travel columnist Seth Kugel, is full posts relating budget travel and related tips from his journeys worldwide. provides hostel bookings, forums, guides and travel help for destinations worldwide, with a growing number of informative travel features.

International Internatonal Student Identity Card (ISIC) not only sells international students I.D. cards, but provides forums and tips for student travel on a budget. The ISIC Card offers holders over discounts in over 130 countries.

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door is perhaps the foremost expert on budget travel in the country, particularly within Europe. Author of over 30 books, and seemingly everywhere in the media promoting his responsible and practical form of budget travel, Rick was the first columnist for Transitions Abroad Magazine in his own Back Door Travel section.

The Professional Hobo, hosted by Nora Dunn, is an excellent blog full of very practical information by one who has traveled since 2006 using the advice she generously offers in her posts and ebooks.

Travelfish is an independent travel guide to most countries in Southeast Asia researched by travelers for travelers. The truly outstanding site includes many budget travel planning tips in the region.

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